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Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

Judy Douglass

Pleasant experience and eye opening

Gave 3.00 hours on Jan 30, 2018 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

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This impact is private

Matthew Dixon-Moran

At sundown last night, hundreds of volunteers across seven counties here in Denver as well as across the nation hit the streets to help put together a snapshot of homelessness. This morning was my shift; we handed out food, toiletries, blankets, hats, and gloves, whatever we had. No one was required to answer the 10-minute questionnaire we had, but by doing so would help. I felt as though I should have interviewed faster as the numbers matter and that was the reason for being there but I equally wanted to hear each person's story. How do you not listen to a person who tells you personal, devastating information about their struggles when most of us will never have to endure their same hardships. Every single person is a lovely human being who is deserving of respect and understanding and at the very least an ear to hear them. The most hardest of the interactions today for me was a mother and her 4 children all under the age of 10 that slept under a bridge last night, they have been on the move trying to flee domestic violence. #AdvocacyHumanRights #ChildrenandYouth #Community #CommunityDevelopment #CrisisSupport #DisasterRelief #EmergencyandSafety #Homelessandhousing #Homelessness #Hunger #ImmigrantsRefugees #OlderAdults #PovertyBasicNeeds #Seniors #Veterans #VeteransandMilitaryFamilies

Gave 2.50 hours on Jan 30, 2018 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Jacquelyn Pullman
Julie Smith

Very organized and considerate of the people we were surveying. The survey was much shorter and easier to navigate this year - however some of the questions felt repetitive. When someone said this was their first experience with homelessness and gave me the length of time, the next two questions felt repetitive.

Gave 2.50 hours on Jan 30, 2018 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Katharine Keenan

Overall, it was a very good experience. However, I didn't know until today's training that we would use our phones to conduct the survey. My phone's battery doesn't stay charged that well and wasn't fully charged when I got to the site. We were told at training that all sites would have paper surveys available but the library did not. The library also didn't have the youth survey. I had to stop a little early because my battery died.

I also think the logic/order of the survey could be improved. If you select other for race, the "please explain" text box shows up after the Hispanic/Latino question. And it seems like the are you staying in a shelter question would logically go with the where are you sleeping tonight question.

Gave 2.00 hours on Jan 29, 2018 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Zac Schaffner

Well organized and coordinated event.

Gave 5.00 hours on Jan 30, 2018 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Don Morris

Very well managed. A wonderful volunteer experience.

Gave 3.00 hours on Sep 19, 2017 with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Jean Cole
Lynn Neuhaus
Stephen Franklin

I personally met with around 10 persons who were willing to complete a survey form; and just one person who refused the form. Almost half of the people said "thank you" to me. Perhaps they recognized me (and my survey teammates) as people who were working to help. I am so very glad that I said "yes" when asked to volunteer.

Gave 3.50 hours on Jan 31, 2017
Virginia Englisch
Carol Thomson

Talking to people experiencing homelessness
Was very rewarding. Even if it was a brief interaction most people responded positively to another person caring about their situation .
Also I learned through their voices.... the frustration of trying to get back on your feet when you have just been released from prison,
The heartbreak of drug addiction that separates a mother from her children and leaves her homeless and other situations where young adults as well as elderly adults find their lives turned upside down by circumstances beyond their control. My compassion for people experiencing homelessness has grown exponentially from this volunteer experience.

Gave 1.00 hour on Jan 31, 2017
Chris Humphries

I believe we had a great turnout. But maybe would have had better numbers if after the meal instead of during the meal.
I believe it ran really smooth and very well organized.

Gave 2.00 hours on Jan 31, 2017
Jesse LaRue

kinda disorganized. lots of the folks I asked about the survey had no idea it was happening. would have been nice if they'd known I wasn't there to harass them. still, things went well.

Gave 2.00 hours on Jan 31, 2017
Kate Quickel
Elysha Lopez
Rory Regan
Donna Smith